Antonia Martel designs no-fuss pieces for women who make a lot of mess
When creating a collection, Antonia Martel thinks of the busy but stylish woman. “I am not into trends, I’m into functionality. I create clothes with a woman who does a lot, from fitness training to business meetings in mind. She’s doing a lot of things and can’t be bothered about thinking about her outfit. But she still looks good.” It’s a tall order but Martel delivers.
Her latest collection features basics like pants and jackets but with thoughtful details. She proudly declares how the soft silvery pants she made with cloth sourced from France has a secret pocket. A black jacket features fine details, almost as if it was embossed on the cloth but is designed to be a practical bomber jacket, easy to pair with any outfit. On the other hand, a white sleeveless top she has is both breathable to layer with or wear even to the beach. When it comes to the color palettes, it’s nothing outside the comfort zone. “I like working with simple colors because they can be easily integrated with what you already have in your closet.”
The woman that Martel thinks about when making her designs isn’t boring at all, however. Like the bubbly designer, she has attitude. What plays in the background as she works is some Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and Kate Bush. “Music and how it makes me feel (or not feel) plays a massive role in my life and my design process.” •
Dresses and trousers from Antonia Martel’s latest collection.